A butcher died trying to butcher a pig in Hong Kong on Friday (20), informed the local police.
The 61-year-old butcher, who was working at the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse on the northern outskirts of the city, close to the border with mainland China, was knocked over by the struggling pig and suffered an injury from a 40cm meat cleaver, police told the CNN .
The butcher was about to kill the pig – who had already been hit with an electric stun gun – when he regained consciousness and knocked him down, police said.
A colleague found the man unconscious with the cleaver in his hand and a wound in his left foot, police said. He was taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Police said the cause of death has yet to be determined. The city’s Department of Labor said it had launched an investigation.
“The Department of Labor is saddened by the person’s death and expresses its deepest condolences to his family,” it said in a statement.
“We will complete the investigation as soon as possible to identify the cause of the accident, identify those responsible and recommend improvement measures. We will take legal action if there is a violation of work safety legislation,” said a department spokesperson.
The city’s Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene, which runs livestock slaughterhouses, offered its condolences to the man’s family in a statement.
Source: CNN Brasil
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